How to Make a Granny Squarecomments (48) March 3rd, 2015
Today I'm going to explain how to make a basic double crochet granny. You can use grannies for much more than blankets-with just a few you've got the start of a lovely bag for spring, or a colorful headband, coasters, placemats, etc. I love the granny because it's worked in the round; fussy foundation chains are not for me!
Here are a few links to modern granny inspiration before we get started:
Tiny Granny Square Art
Beautiful Granny Blanket
Granny Square Tote
Here are the abbreviations I've used, in case you aren't familiar with them:
dc= double crochet
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To get started, chain 6 (ch 6), and join to form a ring.
Once you make the ring, chain 3 (ch 3)-this will count as your first dc. Make 2 more dcs over ring. This is your first 3 dc shell.
*Ch 2, and make 3 dc over ring. Repeat from* 2 more times, ch 2 and join yarn to the 3rd ch of the round. You'll have a nice little starter square.
Join the second color of yarn in one of the ch-2 spaces (these are all corners, at this point). I like to join mine before the yarn end I just left so that I can crochet over the ends as I go, but there's no "right" corner to join to-after all, you have a symmetrical shape, no matter which way you rotate it. Ch 3 to count as your first dc.
In the same ch-2 space: 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc. You've just made a corner.
Next, ch1, and skip the shell.
*In the next corner, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc). Ch 1, skip the previous round's shell. Repeat from * twice and join to the third stitch of the round.
Now it's time to start the third round. Again, you can join your new yarn anywhere. Here, I joined it in one of the ch-1 spaces before a corner.
Ch 3 (counts as dc) and make 2 dc in the ch-1 sp. Ch 1, then (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in the ch-2 space/corner. Ch 1. *3 dc in ch-1 space, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner. Ch 1. Repeat from * around, join to the 3rd stitch of round.
Subsequent rounds are easy to make if you remember this simple formula:
In all ch-1 spaces: 3 dc, then ch 1.
In all ch-2 spaces/corners: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), then ch 1.
With each round, you'll be adding an extra shell on each side (and by adding the shell, you'll be creating the space for the extra shell on the subsequent round).
You could make your granny as small or large as you want, and by playing with yarn sizes, there are even more possibilities. So get grannying!
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